Duke Albrecht's Table of Christian Faith (Winter Part)

Duke Albrecht's Table of Christian Faith (Winter Part)


Author:  Dirc van Delf

Language: Dutch

Date: 1404

Pages: 342

Price: $199.99

History/Description: This manuscript is a document of the first importance in the history of Dutch manuscript illumination and contains an important medieval Dutch devotional text. The Tafel van den Kersten ghelove (Table of Christian faith) is a compendium of Christian knowledge, written by a learned Dominican, Dirc van Delf. The text is in two parts, one for winter, the other for summer. This manuscript is of the winter part and is incomplete, omitting the prologue and chapters 13, 14, and 35−57; chapters 23−24 are in inverse order. The arms of the Bavarian counts of Holland, and the kneeling owner on folio 1 recto, indicate that this manuscript was the actual copy prepared for the dedicatee of the text, Albrecht of Bavaria, Count of Holland, from the original text of his chaplain. It is therefore dated to 1404 at the latest, when Albrecht died. The manuscript contains 165 folios, and 35 historiated initials.

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